As you might expect, Paul Johnson's coaches poll ballot really reflects his position as the head coach of an ACC school -- the newly-extended Tech head man features his Jackets at No. 9, Florida State at No. 1, and three other ACC teams in the top 25. I really like Johnson's comment that he has to defend the ACC as much as he does his ineffective, high-school offense which just so happens to be one of the best in the nation; he has certainly done that by dropping five SEC schools from their previous ranks. PAWWWWWWL Finebaum may be all about SEC bias, but our CPJ will have none of it.
Demaryius Thomas and Calvin Johnson may both be Yellow Jackets, but that doesn't mean that they can't argue over who is the better of the two. In a recent interview with the NFL's Bryan Fischer, Bay Bay came out and flat out said that he was the best of the two, which consequently means that he considers himself to be the best wide receiver in the NFL. I personally don't think that Thomas is quite at the level of a healthy Megatron just yet, but he surely isn't far off from bypassing an aging Johnson (I laughed when I wrote that last part). Calling Calvin Johnson a declining receiver is like telling me that the Sun revolves around the Earth. He will be considered the best wide receiver ever by the time he retires and it won't even be close.
Week 15's by the numbers special from ESPN features a whole lot of big-time offense from FSU and not much defense from the Jackets. True freshman running back Dalvin Cook racked up well over 200 total yards against what looked like a porous Tech defense (especially in the first half) and had the huge first down run which officially sealed the game for the Noles. On the offensive, end it was obvious that Tech missed DeAndre Smelter tremendously -- Darren Waller stepped up nicely, but Smelter's talent is just too much too great to replace.
The Heisman Trophy finalists were released yesterday with no surprises among them -- Oregon's Marcus Mariota, Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon, and Alabama's Amari Cooper will all make the trip to New York for the ceremony. While I'd like to pretend that there is any contest for the award this season, it just isn't true. I'm willing to bet some serious money on Mariota winning by a landslide. The biggest snub, in my opinion, had to be Baylor's Bryce Petty. He has been a pleasure to watch for the past few seasons.
Who is the best wide receiver in the NFL: Thomas, Megatron, or Eric Weems?
Have a great Tuesday!